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The following quote is from an Osama bin Laden interview published in Ummat, a Pakistani  newspaper:

“I have already said that I was not involved in the Sept. 11 attacks in the United States.   As a Muslim, I try my best to avoid telling a lie. I had no knowledge of these attacks, nor do I consider the killing of innocent women, children, and other humans as an appreciable act. Islam strictly forbids causing harm to innocent women, children, and other people. Such a practice is forbidden ever in the course of a battle."

Bin Laden’s rebuttal was not reported in the American media.  Rather, in December 2001 the CIA produced a video tape that is universally accepted as a confession of bin Laden’s guilt.  There is some skepticism however as to whether the tape can really be considered a smoking gun or not.  The CIA was a little confused about where they got it - originally the tape was said to have been found by their own agents  but in later reports the Northern Allied Forces in Afghanistan are credited with discovering it, supposedly in a house in Jalalabad.   It is difficult to believe that bin Laden would have made such a tape and then just left it in a house, even more difficult to imagine that the CIA or even the Afghan rebel forces would just stumble on to it.  The CIA has offered no details as to the circumstances surrounding the tape’s discovery. 

The video-taped confession is widely regarded as a fake in the Arab world.   Dia’a Rashwan, an Egyptian expert on Islamic movements remarked, “Of course it is fabricated “.  Amirul Azeem, a spokesman for Jamiat Ulema-e-Islami party in Pakistan said: “This is totally manufactured.  It’s a drama.”  The dialogue on the tape is often stilted or does not match the action on the tape and the sound quality is poor, so poor that, even after repeated listenings, native Arab speakers complain that they cannot discern what bin Laden is saying. (American Free Press “The bin Laden Video:Smoking Gun or CIA Production?” by Christopher Bollyn12/21/2001;  Reuters “Proof or a Fake? World Divided Over Bin Laden Tape” 12/14/01)

Anyone who has actually compared the images on the tape with recent pictures of bin Laden would have to agree that the man in the video is either a healthier and heavier bin Laden from an earlier period or it is someone else entirely.    Hani Al Sibaei told the Al Jazeera news network that one particular segment of the tape where congratulations are being exchanged was taken from a different tape that is 6 years old.   The happy occasion wasn’t the success of any terrorist attack but rather the announcement of the marriage of one of bin Laden’s children to the child of Aiman Al-Zawa heri.

There are a number of other things about the tape that are odd.  Despite the visit’s having supposedly taken place during the U.S.’s massive bombing campaign and on the heels of the fall of Mazar-i-Sharif and the Qala-i-Jhangi massacre, the topic of the war never comes up in the conversation.  Bin Laden says that the attacks happened at 5:30 “our time”, a superfluous thing for him to say considering that his guest lived in the same time zone.  In an LA Times article one Rashwan from the Al Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies in Cairo points out that the order of the filming is backwards,  beginning with the end of a visit by a paraplegic Sheik and ending with the beginning of the visit.  When another visitor from Saudi Arabia arrives, his voice is clear and there are frequent close ups, but bin Laden’s voice is always muffled and the camera never zooms in on him. (Counterpunch.org “The Camera That Couldn’t Shoot Straight”  by Yusuf Agha 12/14/01)

Gernot Rotter, an orientalist and professor of Arabic language and culture at the University of Hamburg, Germany, proclaimed that the video tape “provides no form of evidence” against bin Laden.  Rotter worked with two other translators, both of whom concurred that statements incriminating to bin Laden “did not appear in the original Arabic version”. 

The Hamburg University team’s opinion has been criticized as being biased.  Some of the terrorists stayed in Hamburg in the late 90’s and Mohammed Atta, their alleged ringleader visited the University on occasion.  Nonetheless, it is safe to say that the U.S. State Department misrepresented the tape to bolster their case. 

Other “evidence” that bin Laden’s al-Qaeda network was responsible for the attacks was reportedly provided to the British and Pakistani governments, but none of this evidence has ever been made public.
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Top Bin Laden Expert: The Tapes are Fakes
by Kevin Barrett
Physics9/11
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Every Bin Laden message since then has been equally phony. They are released at moments when the Bush regime needs a boost - and the American (mainstream) media go along with the fraud...
http://physics911.net/kevinbarrett.htm


Writer Claims bin Laden Confession Video Offers Evidence of Criminal Conspiracy To Go to War on Part of US and Britain
And Possible Foreknowledge of the 9/11 Attacks

by Bryan Sacks
911Truth.org, February 26 2007
http://911truth.org/article.php?story=20070226141631611


The Fake bin Laden Video Tape
YOU ARE LOOKING AT A US GOVERNMENT LIE
whatreallyhappened.com
http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/osamatape.html


Mistranslated Osama bin Laden Video - the German Press Investigates
by Craig Morris
Indymedia, 23 Dec 2001
courtesy, Devilsadvocate
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A German TV show found that the White House's translation of the "confession" video was not only inaccurate, but even "manipulative".
http://dc.indymedia.org/newswire/display/16801


Wikipedia and bin Laden:
A 'Conspiracy Theory' Too Far?

by Colin Bett
http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/wikipedia_binladen.html


Bin-Ladin Denies Involvement in the 9/11 Attacks
Ummat Interviews Usamah Bin-Ladin
28 September 2001
http://www.911review.com/articles/usamah/khilafah.html


Pakistan to Demand Taliban Give Up Bin Laden as Iran Seals Afghan Border
(Fox News)
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Bin Laden has denied any connection to the attacks, though he has praised them. On Sunday, he reiterated his denial in a statement read by Qatar's al-Jazeera satellite television channel.

"I stress that I have not carried out this act, which appears to have been carried out by individuals with their own motivation," read the al-Jazeera announcer from the statement.
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,34440,00.html


Swiss scientists 95% sure that Bin Laden recording was fake
by Brian Whitaker
The Guardian, November 30 2002
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Scientists in Switzerland say they are almost certain that a recent audio tape attributed to Osama bin Laden is a fake...
http://www.guardian.co.uk/alqaida/story/0,,851112,00.html
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Debunking 9/11 Myths
Post by Beached
Nov 10 2006
Beached sets 9/11 Myths straight on the bin Laden confession tape
http://pilotsfor911truth.org/forum...dpost&p=5858253


The Usual Suspects
A point-by-point analysis

Post by Beached, Feb 7 2007
http://pilotsfor911truth.org/forum...dpost&p=7824608
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The tape
http://www.npr.org/news/specials/response/...laden.tape.html


Video

Initial CNN broadcase of the tape
Part 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpAB8vn5VXo...related&search=
Part 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hB3N2g64I8Y...related&search=
Part 3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8HWky6_gl8...related&search=
Part 4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92ft5phw35c...related&search=
Part 5
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-VECCE7iUs...related&search=
Part 6
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NcBQ1BBBzGg...related&search=
Part 7
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYL5HG6kmMM...related&search=
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